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sway bar: does size really matter?

ive got a 1970 skylark. its a boat, period. im looking to improve the suspension/handling, but im afraid of going too far, and getting a sway bar that is too much for the car. I'm looking to make the car handle better, but still have a comfortable ride. all im looking for is a front sway bar, but what size would be best: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8? any suggestions would help. Thanks guys!

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1 3/8, but as big as the car is id want a bigger one. you could install solid greasable a frame bushings top and bottom?
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It'd be hard to put too much sway bar in that car. That chassis loves them and responds well. The great thing about sway bars is that they effectively stiffen the suspension during cornering without causing a harsh ride. Put them front and rear with the front substantially larger. Add a good set of shocks and just a touch of negative camber in the front and you'll think you're driving a Nascar stocker. Leave the springs alone, they'll be fine if they're in good condition. I have a 32 mm solid bar in the front of my Vette, which is roughly 1 1/4". It ain't too much. Stock was 26 mm.
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ive got a 1970 skylark. its a boat, period. im looking to improve the suspension/handling, but im afraid of going too far, and getting a sway bar that is too much for the car. I'm looking to make the car handle better, but still have a comfortable ride. all im looking for is a front sway bar, but what size would be best: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8? any suggestions would help. Thanks guys!
The 64-72 GM A-body cars have a lot of suspension choices. They also understeer horribly. Fixing that requires a much stiffer REAR bar. Simply increasing the size of the front bar will reduce roll, but will also make understeer even worse.

Installing a rear bar requires boxed lower control arms in the back. The factory bar was 3/4", but aftermarket bars of 1" or more are available (Herb Adams sold a 1 1/2" rear bar). The Trans Am WS-6 1 1/4" front bar is a bolt-on, but you can also get up to a 1 1/2" front bar from the aftermarket.

One problem with large front bars is that the cheesy self-tapping screws that the factory used to hold the bar to the frame will pull out. The aftermarket kits use nut-serts that swage into the holes in the frame for added pull-out strength.
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